• Intelligence is as important as other battlefield functions like fire and maneuver .


  • Familiarize with our intelligence system.


  • Thoroughly understand how the Commander utilizes intelligence , or in other words how is intelligence important for the commander and how does it support the Commander in planning and executing operations.


  • Review our intelligence system.
  • Thoroughly understand how all are responsible to the intelligence system.


  • Thoroughly understand what is expected of us by the intelligence system.This will highlight the necessity of defining and prioritizing intelligence requirements by Commander and lower units intelligence officers,the collection managers capability of managing assets optimally ,the capacity of the intelligence manager to synchronize reconnaissance and surveillance with the intelligence parameters,and all other capabilities/faculties of intelligence officers and personnel which should be developed to the full.
  • Keeping the above in perspective , familiarize with the procedures resorted to by the intelligence/operations staff to meet the intelligence systems expectations in order to make it run at its peak performance.


  • Thoroughly understand the prime need of intelligence in planning and demonstrate this fact.


  • Intelligence needs to be thoroughly integrated with operations.It drives Ops.



Professional Military Education for Commanders


  • Must study our present intelligence system , understand his role in the system , and how the current system fulfills his expectations and what is expected of him from the intelligence system.
  • What is expected from his staff , Intelligence , Operations meet those expectations and how.
  • Must understand how others are responsible to the intelligence system.
  • Must understand how to utilize intelligence in Planning
  • Must understand the concept of Intel-Ops dynamic thoroughly. To this end he should familiarize himself how he may assist the Staff (Intel and Ops,) or the Unit intelligence officer to integrate operations with intelligence in order to increase performance.

Commanders must thoroughly understand the following:


  1. Our intelligence systems structure, its limitations , its capabilities.
  2. Commanders must understand that intelligence operations need direction , focus and that can be achieved if requirements are clearly defined and prioritized.
  3. Commanders must always utilize intelligence while planning. Any military decision making process needs intelligence inputs on a continual updated basis.The importance of intelligence during military planning just cannot be overemphasized.An operations/missions success is predicated by sound intelligence.Timely , specific and accurate.
  4. Intelligence not only drives operations , intelligence is not separately involved but rather it resides inside the operations cycle .Intelligence and operations ned to be integrated.Commander must clearly know how to utilize intelligence to drive operations and how operations can lead to more intelligence that can be further exploited.This intelligence-operations dynamic is what in essence the benchmark for success in a military operation.
  5. The last part of intelligence cycle is not dissemination but utilization.What matters more is how the disseminated intelligence products are utilized by the end users like the Commander or policy makers.
  6. Clearly defining intelligence requirements should be the starting point in planning.Prioritizing these requirements can only help in focusing intelligence on operations.Poorly defined and prioritized intelligence requirements can cause wastage in intelligence resources , as well as time and effort.
  7. Intelligence is as important as other battlefield functions like fire and maneuver and needs to be thoroughlky synchoronized with operations.
  8. Intelligence preparation of the battlefield or area of operations. This is extremely important before any planning activity.
  9. How to integrate intelligence in battlefield function training exercises.